THE DAY AFTER
A film by Hong Sangsoo
2018, 92 minutes
South Korean Master Hong Sangsoo's 21st feature as director, The Day After, is a mordantly comic tale of infidelity and mistaken identity. Book publisher Bongwan's (Kwon Haehyo) marriage is on the rocks after his wife (Cho Yunhee) discovers the affair he's been having with his assistant (Kim Saebyuk). Now that relationship is ending too and Bongwan's new assistant, the sharp and sensitive Areum (Kim Minhee), on her first day in the office, is left to navigate the fallout of all the turnover in Bongwan's life.
With its ingeniously destabilizing leaps through time and stark black and white cinematography, The Day After begins as a darkly hilarious story of a man embroiled in extramarital entanglements but soon shifts - in a way only Hong can manage - into a heartfelt portrayal of a young woman on a quest for spiritual fulfillment.
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Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - The New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection - Viennale
Official Selection - CPH:PIX
"A lovely, intricately fractured story — past and present seamlessly slip into each other."
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The Day After’s outsized, booze-fueled passions are consistently cut by the sly subtleties of Hong’s writing and editing and the film’s restrained formal elegance."
— Andréa Picard, Cinema Scope
— David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Winner for Best Screenplay at Berlin Film Festival. For his twenty-fifth feature as director and his first as cinematographer, Hong Sangsoo offers a simple tale of young people on the edge of adulthood. Introduction cuts to the essence of who we are as people, like an unexpected hug on a winter's day.
THE WOMAN WHO RAN
THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.
A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle) is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean Master Hong Sangsoo. Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, CLAIRE'S CAMERA explores the power of images to transform us.
HOTEL BY THE RIVER
An aging poet, Younghwan, summons his two estranged sons to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty.
In the corner of a small café, Areum sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what’s been written?
ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE
From master director Hong Sangsoo comes his most personal film to date, On The Beach at Night Alone. Starring Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Claire's Camera)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin.
YOURSELF AND YOURS
When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he cant help but question her about it. It doesnt go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but cant. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems shes not herself.